One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
Soft or amorphous ice formed by the accumulation of ice crystals in water that is too turbulent to freeze solid.
- ‘It is an object of the invention to provide an underwater frazil ice detector which is self cleaning.’
- ‘Tha frazil ice layer grows in all directions, and it finally bridges over the spaces between bars.’
- ‘The second has the frazil ice model embedded in a commonly used sub-ice shelf ocean circulation model, which is then applied to a simple ice shelf-ocean model domain.’
- ‘As the slush moves into a flatter, slower moving portion of the stream, the frazil will accumulate under the ice cover.’
- ‘The initial form of sea ice is a slurry of ice crystals called frazil ice, which under various conditions grow together to form many different and complex ice forms.’
- ‘An equation representing the threshold conditions for the formation of frazil ice jams was determined.’
- ‘Accumulations of frazil ice that generally take the form of thin, delicate transparent plates.’
- ‘The amount of frazil ice is proportional to the extent of the open water area and the rate of heat loss.’
- ‘Hydrothane is proven to eliminate frazil ice and to control the growth of marine organisms such as barnacles and zebra mussels.’
- ‘A small chance of frazil ice formation exists in this open portion, where it occurred in late 2000.’
- ‘Contaminant fluxes associated with the process of frazil ice formation in the Kara sea are much smaller than worst-case estimates.’
- ‘Thicker, soupy accumulations of frazil ice which are often herded by wind action are termed grease ice.’
- ‘Grease ice is a later stage of freezing than frazil ice when the crystals have coagulated to form a soupy layer on the surface.’
Late 19th century: from Canadian French frasil ‘snow floating in the water’, from French fraisil ‘cinders’.
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